New Delhi: It’s a fairly unexciting week at the movies.
Madhureeta Anand’s social drama Kajarya on female infanticide, starring Meenu Hooda, Ridhima Sud and Shashi Bhushan, is meant only for discerning audiences who have a stomach for bitter truth, says NDTV Movies. It’s a powerful and important film that stares barbarity in the eye, hitting out at social mores and religious beliefs using minimalist means and restrained performances. Read more here
Deccan Chronicle adds that it’s a disturbing tale that gets its setting and characters quite right. However, the documentary feel may not appeal to everyone and the film is certainly not easy to the eye. Read more here
Dubbed as India’s first all-out female buddy film, Angry Indian Goddesses directed by Pan Nalin and starring Sandhya Mridul, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sarah-Jane Dias and Anushka Manchanda is a fun take without any serious hints at feminism, says Hindustan Times. A pretty great celebration of womanhood and friendship, the film falters only in the second half with its trite storyline. But the performances are great and the direction delightfully brave. Read more here
Variety magazine which reviewed the movie after its Rome Film Festival screening calls it “a female buddy film that gets crushed under too many issues". The performances are spirited, riding over several stereotypes but the film splinters because of the weight of too many of-the-moment topics. Read more here
For Hollywood fans, action-adventure In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard and featuring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson, comes to India this week. The film based on the non-fiction book of the same name on the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820 has been called underwhelming by The Hollywood Reporter. The survival tale holds your interest and looks well-assorted but never really generates enough excitement to come off as more than just a long anecdote of misfortune and tragedy. Read more here
The Guardian agrees that not much can stop this story from losing its way in the waves. A lot of the computer-generated effects are poor and the screenplay is mostly banal. By the film’s third act, the drama just begins to feel silly. Read more here
3D animation comedy The Good Dinosaur, directed by Peter Sohn, stands out for its visual artistry, says Variety magazine, but doesn’t really manage to escape the conventional trappings of children-friendly lessons and chatty humour. It’s definitely not as engaging as Disney’s other production Inside Out that released this summer. Read more here
The Telegraph is more impressed, lauding the film’s visual style, meticulous plotting and emotional climax. To be sure, it’s no Inside Out but the Pixar family resemblance comes up whenever it counts. Read more here
In the south releases include, Kannada romantic actioner Rathaavara, starring Sri Murali and Rachita Ram and directed by Chandrashekar Bandiyappa. It is a well-written and directed film, says Indread. The performances are wonderful and the music adds life to the story. Read more here
Malayalam comedy ATM, starring Jackie Shroff, Bhagath Manuel and Hari Krishnan and directed by Jespal Shanmugham, is a decent entertainer, says Indread. The performances are up to the mark and the mix of comic and thriller elements will make the film worth your time. Read more here
Several films releasing this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include director Vishal Pandya’s thriller Hate Story 3, starring Sharman Joshi, Zarine Khan, Karan Singh Grover and Daisy Shah; Tamil comedy Vellaiya Irukiravan Poi Solla Maatan; Kannada film Minchagi Nee Baralu; Punjabi film Judge Singh LLB starring Ravindar Grewal, BN Sharma and Surbhi Mahendru; and Marathi movies Mr. & Mrs. Sadachari, Bai Go Bai and Cindrella.